Social science news from and about Nepal

October 2018 | No 1


Call for Papers
The Eighth Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
organised by Social Science Baha, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Britain-Nepal Academic Council, Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS & Nepal Academic Network (Japan)
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Call for Papers
Chautari Annual Conference 2019
The aim of the conference is to promote research culture in the humanities and social sciences in Nepal. MC invites submission of abstracts of research papers or abstracts of the theme-based panels from eligible researchers or institutions who will have completed their research by the abstract submission deadline. Special theme of the conference is ‘Education in Nepal,’ but abstracts and panels are welcome on other themes as well. The deadline for abstract submission is 30 November 2018.
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Call for Articles
Samaj Adhyayan
Martin Chautari announces call for articles for vol. 14 of its annual peer-reviewed Samaj Adhyayan journal. Topical coverage is broad covering virtually all aspects of social sciences, anthropology, history and political sciences. Each issue comprises of scholarly contributions, but are not limited to, original research-based articles, commentaries, academic reviews of books, interviews, bibliographies and historical manuscripts. The deadline for submission is 1 January 2019.
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Call for Applications
BNAC PhD Dissertation Prize 2019
Following the success and popularity of the PhD Dissertation Prize 2018, the Britain-Nepal Academic Council (BNAC) is pleased to announce its ‘PhD Dissertation Prize’ for 2019. Applications are invited from eligible candidates by 31 November 2018.
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New Lecture Series Established
Social Science Baha is pleased to announce the establishment of a trust fund with the donation of US$ 30,000 from Nanda Raj Shrestha, Professor of World Cultures and Resources at the School of Business and Industry at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. The trust fund will support the Nanda R. and Pamela L. Shrestha Lecture Series: Honouring Nepal Scholars. 
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The 16th Annual Nepal Lecture 2018
Belonging to Academia?
Higher Education, Inequality, and Development
Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

(Bielefeld University)
5.30 pm | 1 November 2018 | Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square, London
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Stacy Leigh Pigg
(Simon Fraser University) has been appointed Editor of American Ethnologist, guiding the journal for the volumes to be published 2020-2022.
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Applications Invited
Motilal Singh Master’s Dissertation Scholarship 2019

The Centre for Nepal Studies UK (CNSUK), in collaboration of Social Science Baha (SSB), Kathmandu, invites applications from students pursuing their Master’s studies in Nepali universities for one small grant of up to a maximum of NPR 40,000 towards fieldwork expenses and/or the writing of dissertations.
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Books and Journals

Nepal Saṃvat and Vikrama Saṃvat
Discerning Original Significance
Gautama V. Vajracharya
Social Science Baha & Himal Books, 2018 
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Studies in Nepali History and Society (SINHAS)
23:1, June 2018
Martin Chautari and Mandala Book Point
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Voicing Subjects
Public Intimacy and Mediation in Kathmandu
Laura Kunreuther
Martin Chautari, 2018
(Re-print for Nepal)

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Essays on Nepal
Past and Present
Sam Cowan
Himal Books, 2018
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Global Nepalis
Religion, Culture, and Community in a New and Old Diaspora
David N. Gellner, Sondra L. Hausner (eds)
Oxford University Press, 2018
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Under Contract
The Invisible Workers of America's Global War
Noah Coburn
Stanford University Press, 2018
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Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk
The Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal, 2015
Louise J. Bracken, Hanna A. Ruszczyk, Tom Robinson (eds)
Palgrave Macmillan, 2018

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(To receive a pre-publication version of a chapter, contact Hanna Ruszczyk at


नेपाली उपन्यासमा बसाईँसराई
दुःखदेखि दुःखसम्म
(Migration as depicted in Nepali novels)
जनकराज सापकोटा
Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility/Social Science Baha & Himal Books, 2018 
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Book Chapters, Journal Articles, etc

Bibliography of the Selected Works of Meena Acharya
Bibliography compiled by Devendra Uprety
Martin Chautari, April 2018
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Academic Books Related to Nepal Written in Japanese in the 21st Century
Bibliography compiled by Katsuo Nawa, Mitsuru Niwa
Martin Chautari, June 2018
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Cumulative Author index of Tribhuvan University Journals
Compiled by Damini Vaidya 
Martin Chautari, September 2018
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Changing Connectivities and Renewed Priorities
Status and Challenges Facing Nepali Internet
Shailesh Pandey, Nischal Regmi 
First Monday, 23:1, 1 January 2018
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Moving Beyond Access
The Landscape of Internet Use and Digital Inequality in Nepal
Martin Chautari
May 2018 (Brief No. 23)
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Bibliography of Early Twentieth Century Writings on Nepal
Complied by Bandana Gyawali
Martin Chautari, August 2018
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A Continuum of Perceived Urban Risk
From the Gorkha Earthquake to Economic Security
Hanna A. Ruszczyk
Environment and Urbanization, 30:1, January 2018
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